4 Reasons to Build a Greenhouse

It’s spring – at least for us.

I have a basket full of seeds ready for my potager, although my potager is not ready for the seeds.

I have, in the past, sown my seeds directly into the soil.

I have also, in the past, bought my tomato plants from the nursery.

Last year I was going crazy, driving from nursery to nursery trying to find the tomatoes I wanted. I ended up finding only half of them.

Last year the rabbits ate my lettuce and chard and the birds plucked the seeds for both summer and winter squashes out of the ground as fast as I put them in.

This year I’m starting my tomatoes from seed, and starting the tomatoes and all the squashes in pots inside.

I wish I had a greenhouse.

The thought of carrying all of the little pots of dirt and seeds from one sunny spot to another, while protecting the seedlings from nature is daunting.

I think I may get a greenhouse. This guest post is convincing me…..

Then I could grow salad greens and spinach all year!

4 Reasons to Build a Greenhouse

The concept of greenhouse farming has become very popular all over the world in the last few years. For individuals who love organic, homegrown vegetables and fruits, building a greenhouse is a perfect way to grow your crops in a safe environment. Whether you live in a rural or urban area, building a greenhouse is a great idea for all those who love farming.

Here are 4 great reasons why you need to build a greenhouse.

  1. Consistent Gardening

By building your own greenhouse, you will be able to grow fruits and vegetables all year round including during winter. Your crops will be protected from harsh climates such as excessive rain and extreme temperatures. Even during the drought season, your crops will survive just fine.

You can buy your first greenhouse from the Greenhouse Stores and start growing your own fresh food throughout the year. You will enjoy the comfort of knowing that you don’t have to rush home from work to cover your crops during the rain or simply hope that your plants will survive the erratic weather conditions.

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  1. Optimum Environment

A greenhouse is generally warmer than the outdoors because the light that comes in through the plastic or glass turns into heat the moment it heats a solid surface. The greenhouse secures a suitable amount of water vapor and heat that ensures that the right amount of warmth and humidity is sustained inside the greenhouse.

Plants love warm and humid environments. They also love being locked away safely from the outside world where rodents, insects and other animals would damage them. By building a greenhouse, your plants will thrive in an environment that favors them and enhance their growth.

  1. Save Money on Food

The impact of global warming can be felt everywhere. Changes in climatic conditions and rainfall patterns have affected the production of essential foods such as fruits and vegetables. This has led to the skyrocketing of the monthly food bill. By building your own greenhouse, you will be able to grow your own organic fruits, vegetables, and herbs and save that money that you spend at the grocery store.

Secondly, with a greenhouse, you will have the satisfaction of knowing that the food on your plate is your own produce and it’s free from harmful pesticides. When your family is healthy, you will be able to cut on health care costs and channel that money to achieving financial goals.

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  1. To Start a Business

If you are passionate about agriculture, then you can turn your hobby into a lucrative business venture. You can generate an income from your greenhouse farming by selling your produce to both the local and international markets. Out of season cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, and cut flowers can fetch a decent amount of money. Start by conducting a little market research to find out what the market looks like in your area. The research will also help you analyze the level of competition. You can also opt to build a smaller greenhouse and upgrade it as your business grows. Happy gardening.

Seriously – I think I need a greenhouse….

Last update on March 5, 2019

10 thoughts on “4 Reasons to Build a Greenhouse”

  1. I used a very heavy duty type of chicken wire around my raised garden because the fox, rabbits and raccoons like tender veggies. We also had to make it six feet high to keep out the deer. It’s in the middle of our sunny yard and so, with the exception of watering, I let nature take its course.

    • The hubs put up a new chain link fence last year. It’s beautiful, but the holes are big enough to let the smaller bunnies in. So I wrapped chicken wire all around the outside of it. But I also had a bird problem last year. I may have to cover the whole thing with mesh to get the plants started. Or let them eat.lol

  2. You can find greenhouses that are smaller. It’s amazing how many seedlings you can start in a fairly small space. I’m fortunate that our house includes a south facing sunspace inside. I used it most years to start seeds and to hold the seedlings until I can harden them off and then plant out once the soil is warm enough. Do you have a place you could put a small greenhouse?

    • In my last house one wall of the long entry was windows and had lower cabinets. It was perfect. This house has tall, skinny windows all on the wrong sides lol I’m thinking of a small plastic cover, but we are exposed on a small hilltop and can get quite nasty winds…. still thinking

  3. Our compromise is a large shed to take all the garden equipment plus the old sink unit from the kitchen. It is going down the window end where I will have space and light for my plants. A cold frame or two will most probably go alongside the shed. Shed almost complete so will see how it works this growing season.
    I’ve been able to pick enough chard from 6 plants for the odd hake bake, quiche and curry throughout the winter.

    • Rabbits ate my chard last year so none for me at all. I’ll try again this year now that I’ve wrapped the chain link fence with chicken wire. I have a very warm, sunny spot where my herb garden used to be – before the rabbits destroyed it. I might be able to put something there… hmmmm

  4. We have just moved to the 47 (which I’m guessing is somewhere near you) from the 11, so I will be looking out for pointers for when to sow etc from your blog. There is already a small herb garden here which doesn’t seem to be attacked by rabbits but then at the moment there is only rosemary and thyme and the first few spikes of chives.

    • We’re kind of in the middle of 47 – between Bergerac and Marmande. The rabbits just ate my garlic chives. I really don’t understand it with all the lush grass available for them. I had nothing fenced in the Vendee, and we had rabbits, but they never bothered anything. Here they are voracious!

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